On Monday, March 16, 2015, City Council approved the Computer and Internet Use Policy now in effect at the library. The policy was drafted by the Library Director, Shannon Romtvedt, based on policies used at other libraries and a great deal of input and research from the Library Board.
One rule that is a significant change from the previous policy is stated here:
“Children under 10 years of age must be directly supervised by a parent/legal guardian or adult caregiver when using the computer. Parents/legal guardians who wish to restrict computer access for a minor (age 17 or younger) may do so at any time by requesting a Minor Internet Access Restriction form.”
The previous policy required written parental permission for minors to use the computer. Children under the age of 13 needed direct parental supervision to use the Internet. Reasoning for the change is as follows:
1) Many libraries are revising their Internet Policy and are no longer requiring parental permission for minors. Sandy Public Library made the change in November 2014, stating that “A lot of libraries made the decision (to require formal parent permission) when the Internet was very new.” Read More